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Letter from Henry Lawrens, November 5, 1777

Henry Lawrens. Autograph letter signed: Yorktown, to George Washington, 1777 November 5. 2 p.

York Town 5 Novem: 1777.


I had the honour of addressing you yesterday in a Letter which [inserted: from unavoidable delay] will accompany this.

[struck: By order of Congress] I now forward [struck: to your Excellency] two Extracts from the Minutes of Congress [inserted: both] dated the 4th Inst. One containing an Order founded upon a Report from the Marine Commee. relative to the Continental Frigates [inserted: & other Navigation] at & near Bordentown, submitted to Your Excellency [inserted: strike-out] [struck: for approbation] [inserted: for approbation] & in that [strike-out] [inserted: event] requiring the necessary assistance for the construction & management of Batteries to be erected. – The other minutes testifying the attention of Congress to the Merits of [strike-out] [inserted: such of the] Officers & Troops of the [struck: service of the] United States [inserted: struck: as are particular][inserted: as are specially needed in the Region] in order that that several Votes [inserted: upon this occasion] may be made public in the Army under Your Excellency’s Command.

I [struck: hope] [inserted: beg] the liberty of passing under Your Excellency’s protection Letters to Commodore Hazelwood Colonel Green & Lieutt. Colo. Smith containing <?> the [inserted: struck: particular] Vote of Congress respecting [inserted: each of] those brave Officers. [struck: and for want of a better conveyance] permit me [inserted: also Sir] to trouble you with a packet for the Honble. Mr. Speaker of Assembly in Delaware & to request you will order it to be forwarded by the first [strike-out] [inserted: conveyance.] –

I have the honour to be
with great Respect & Regard
Your Excellencys
Most Obed<ien>t Servant
Henry Lawrens
His Excellency General Washington

[2] P.S. PM. 5 Novem.

Since writing as above Congress have confirmed several Resolutions for the disposition of the Troops in the Eastern & Northern departments for the Recovery & protection of the North River the reinforcing the Main Army near Philadelphia & other matters which extended & Certified Your Excellency will find under Cover with this & to which I beg leave to <?>

Gen Washington
York Town 5 Nov 1777


I had the honor of writing to Your Excellency the 1 Inst. by the hand of Jacob Upp who on his way to So Carolina is to leave a packet directed to you at Hallifax

Congress having taken and in consideration the Merits of many brave Officers in the Armies of the United States were pleased to distinguish the Name of the late Birgadier General Nash who fell by a Mortal Wound received in the battle of Germantown & to Vote the Sum of five hundred Dollars for erecting a Monument to his Memory

I am directed to transmit the inclosed Certified Resolve of the 4 Inst. [inserted: & to] request[struck: ing] Your Excellency to give the necessary Orders <?> acomplishing in the most effectual manner the views of Congress upon this occasion

I have the honour to be
Sir Your Excellencys
Most Obedt. Servant

His Excellency

Richd Casewell Esq
No Carolina